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January 25, 2008 9:26 AM

Ray Rhodes headed to Houston

Posted by Danny O'Neil

That's what the Houston Chronicle reported in Friday's editions. The news story is linked here. Here's an excerpt:

The Texans are expected to hire Ray Rhodes as their new assistant defensive backs coach as early as today.

Rhodes became the team's defensive coordinator in 2003. He suffered a mild stroke before the Seahawks began the 2005 season. He continued to work that season, but John Marshall became the acting defensive coordinator because Rhodes had to taper off his schedule. For the past two years, Rhodes has been a special assistant on the Seahawks defense.

Rhodes attended high school and college in Texas.

In the Chronicle's story, Texans coach Gary Kubiak talked about Rhodes' desire to get back to Texas.

"Ray's been with Mike Holmgren for a lot of years," Kubiak said, "but when he retires, he wants to move to Dallas. This would be the first time he's coached in his home state."

Rhodes and Holmgren coached together on the 49ers staff before each became head coaches. Rhodes became the Packers head coach after Holmgren left to take the Seahawks job and in 2003 Holmgren hired Rhodes to come to Seattle after Rhodes coached the previous two years in Denver.

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Posted by shane/olympia

10:06 AM, Jan 25, 2008

how big of a role was rhodes playing behind the closed doors?

Posted by Bye Ray

2:37 PM, Jan 25, 2008

I wish you luck and health Ray. Let's see you are going to the AFC south so you get to play Indy, Jacksonville, and Tenn 2x/yr so you can pretty much kiss the playoffs goodbye.

Posted by Jimmy O.

7:22 PM, Jan 27, 2008

With the assistant coaches running for the exits maybe firing Laveroni wasn't a good idea. It probably would have been good to have some kind of continuity. A lot of new coaches will have a lot to learn, and it will be on-the-job training.

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